A beautiful sunny morning, but windy.
The water level continues to rise making it impossible to walk round all the lake.
Even the trickle under the footbridge by the car park, is flooding over the sides.
No chance of doing the north lake, so I walked round the south instead.
The rowing club seem to have lost some of their jetties, and the water is up at the tops of the fences. Plenty of ducks enjoying the extra water though.
A handsome male Pochard, and quite a few Tufted Ducks.
At the bottom end, the bird hide has almost disappeared under water, and an attempt to go through the railway arch had to be aborted. The water was rushing through off the fields like a river.
I managed to get back to the car park by crossing the road bridge, and then decided to drive over to the pub car park like yesterday.
Being a Sunday, and me being later than usual, there were quite a few people out walking, and enjoying the morning sun. A group of Mallards flew over too. They must have recognised me.
Most of the path was still free of water, apart from one small area near the top end.
A Grey Heron sat near one of the benches, gazing out towards the lake.
The wall of the dam had completely disappeared, but I could only see from a distance. No chance of getting round there from here.
I walked on towards the gully, and there was more water than yesterday. Still no access through, without a boat, so I crossed the footbridge over the river, and got almost as far as yesterday.
The bench on the footpath has almost sunk beneath the water.
Walking back over the footbridge, a Kestrel flew into the trees briefly, before setting off again; and down amongst the tangle of branches, by the water, a Grey Wagtail.
Back at the pub car park, I drove back to my usual starting place for a last look round.
Quite a few birds in the trees round by the footbridge.
The ultimate LBJ; a Dunnock.
A lovely male Bullfinch put in a brief appearance, along with a small group of Goldfinches, and landing on the footbridge as I stood there, one of the friendly Crows.
No apple today, so he had some seed instead.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)
Total species 29